Penguins Battle But Fall Shot Against Cleveland State

Joao Garretto
Joao Garretto

Streetsboro, Ohio - The Youngstown State men's tennis team won the doubles point and two singles matches in a 4-3 defeat to Cleveland State on Saturday afternoon at the Western Reserve Racquet Center in Streetsboro.

The Penguins (8-7 overall and 1-1 in the Horizon League) earned wins at No. 1 and No. 3 doubles against the Vikings and Vasilis Vardakis and Joao Garretto earned wins against the Vikings (12-7 and 2-0) in singles play.

YSU took the lead in the match as Yossi Dahan and Pol Virgili Blanco earned a 6-2 win at No. 3 doubles while Garretto and Danylo Veremeichuk picked up a 6-4 victory at No. 1 doubles.

In singles play, four of the six contests were decided in three sets. 

Cleveland State picked up a 7-6, 6-2 victory at No. 4 and a 7-5, 6-4 win at No. 5 to take a 2-1 lead in the dual. At No. 1, Veremeichuk dropped his first set to Nico Mostardi 6-4 before rebounding to win the second set 6-1. Mostardi won the third set 6-2 to win the match and give CSU a 3-1 lead. At No. 3, Erik Gran picked up a 6-1 first-set win over William Malm before dropping the next two 7-5, 6-3. The win by Malm clinched the victory for the Vikings.

At No. 3, Garretto finished off Luke Phillips in a three-set marathon match. Garretto won the first set 6-4 before dropping the second 7-5. In the third, he won 7-6, taking the tiebreaker by a score of 7-5. At No. 2 Vardakis lost his first set 7-6 before rebounding to win the next two 6-4, 11-9 against Matthew Terry.

The Penguins return to action on April 12 when they visit Northern Kentucky.


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